30-year-old Christina Hines stopped by a gas station early Tuesday morning in Casselberry, Florida, but left a $50 bill on the counter when she exited the convenience store. A clerk tried to give it back, but Ms. Hines was already driving away. As it turned out, a Seminole County sheriff’s deputy had just arrived. When he learned that the clerk was trying to give the woman back her $50, the deputy offered to go after the woman and return the money himself. As WKMG Local 6 reports, what should have been a simple, good deed wound up becoming a high-speed pursuit.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the deputy caught up with Ms. Hines, but before alerting her to his presence, he decided to check her tags. It was then that the deputy discovered Ms. Hines’ license had been suspended. He put on his lights and sirens and that’s when Ms. Hines sped off. Casselberry Police set up a spiked strip to stop Hines, and though it deflated her car’s right-side tires, she still managed to speed away and lose the police. It wasn’t until she had driven into a gated community that a police sergeant with the Casselberry Police spotted her and successfully arrested her.
According to the Sentinel, beyond leading police in a car chase and having a suspended license, Hines had heroin and hypodermic needles in her car. The Sentinel goes on to report that, “She is being held in John E. Polk Correctional Facility on charges of resisting an officer, heroin possession, driving while license suspended and possession of drug-use equipment.” All because she had forgotten $50 at a gas station.